Mount Carmel High School in the 1970s is a battlefield for its outcasts and no place for the “faint of heart.” Any teenage boy with a quirk, a weakness, an embarrassing habit, or anything out of the ordinary, will be found out and ruthlessly exploited. Mark Bornholdt is an easy target. Saddled with a speech impediment and a dysfunctional family, he struggles to find his way to adulthood. Mount Carmel’s faltering football program offers him the refuge he needs, and helps not only him, but the downtrodden school find a way back to redemption. Through triumph on the athletic field, Mark and his teammates resurrect the glory that Mount Carmel once held, and continues to hold today. But, even for the outcasts, Mount Carmel has a way of seeping into the blood of the devoted Southsiders and pulling Chicago’s own fortunate sons back to her bosom. Bornholdt’s nostalgic coming-of-age story engulfs the reticence of teen life in the 1970s where the future was anyone’s guess; but through perseverance and faith, the lucky few managed to escape.